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Forum topic by danofpaco posted 04-10-2013 05:10 PM 1044 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-10-2013 05:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drill press question

Delta DP on CL

Is this a good press? A good deal?

What should I look for to determine whether or not it is in good working order?

Thanks for input guys, have a wonderful day!

-- Dan :: Minnesota

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#1 posted 04-10-2013 06:35 PM

I just purchased a Craftsman DP off CL. It is made by Delta and looks just like the one pictured. When I tried it out it had a bad wobble. It measured 0.010” out at the bottom of the spindle. I ordered 2 bearings and a new spindle. total cost <$30. I found a video on Ereplacements site. Took me about 45 minutes to fix. Now it is true and ready for my first project.

I would take along a long drill bit. Chuck it up and check it visually. Don’t be afraid of a minor repair, just know what you are in for.


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#2 posted 04-10-2013 09:49 PM

I would say no for a bench top machine

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#3 posted 04-10-2013 11:29 PM

Too much for a press that used to retail new for $199.
It’s a nice one though.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#4 posted 04-11-2013 02:10 AM

Thanks for the advice you guys, very much appreciated. Thinking about offering $100 and seeing how that plays out.

I really appreciate the help. I’m trying to put together a shop on a budget as I get started in this awesome hobby and your input is invaluable to me. Any advice on a higher quality press in a similar price range?

-- Dan :: Minnesota

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#5 posted 04-11-2013 02:48 AM

Value depends on your area. Here that press would already be sold. It’s a Taiwan made Delta, comparable quality new would run you $350.

-- Rick M,

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#6 posted 04-11-2013 02:56 AM

$100 in Los Angeles. Gas is a factor now – it was almost irrelevant
when I started acquiring machines.

If a Delta tool is a benchtop thing with plastic parts and
not-classic features, it is not worthy of the Delta reputation
and is just a badged Taiwan machine.

Taiwan delivers a lot of value in both used and new
machines for general small shop woodworking. Compared
to the Italians and Teutonic countries, Taiwan imports
are pathetic from what I have seen.

For woodworking and most hobby metalworking however,
Taiwan made is adequate and the designs tend to be
proven, if not innovative. Go for it… I got a 12” Taiwan
drill press with a laser site off Craigslist for $60 or something
and it is perfectly adequate for woodworking and light
metal work.

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#7 posted 04-11-2013 09:36 AM

I had one and did not like it. To much spindle slop that could not be adjusted.

-- Joe

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#8 posted 04-11-2013 04:24 PM

I don’t like “plastic” machines. It just indicates to me a cheaply made product. It may work for a while, but don’t count on it lasting a lifetime. I have a Delta that was built in the late 1930’s and is still going strong. It has already lasted a lifetime and is going on to a second lifetime. “They don’t make them like that anymore” is very true. Companies don’t want their products to last a long time. If you can find an old one like mine, you will have a treasure, unless you just want to help keep them in business.

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Mainiac Matt

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#9 posted 04-11-2013 05:06 PM

It all depends on the spindle run out…

If you can…. chuck a stub of TPG rod (or a broken drill bit inserted upside down) fire up the DP and see whether it runs dead smooth, or has a noticeable wobble.

If the run out is acceptable… frown and look disappointed, and then offer him $100 and see what he counters with.

If it wobbles…. just tell him thanks, but no thanks.

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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